Boycott threat looms large over pro- India politicians in Kashmir
Srinagar: The spectre of a ‘ social boycott’ looms large over the proIndia politicians after separatists formally issued a public warning to ministers, MLAs and MLCs to quit their seats or be ready to face ostracisation in the restive Kashmir Valley.
The warning was issued on the day when joint opposition called on President Pranab Mukherjee, urging him to impress upon the Central government to initiate a credible, meaningful dialogue with no further delay and involving all stakeholders to address the political issue in the state.
Joint Resistance Leadership ( JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who are jointly supervising the current unrest, issued a poster letter asking proIndia leaders to join “public movement for azadi” before it is too late.
“During electioneering you bypassed azadi movement and sought votes from people on the issues of power, water and roads. Some gullible people even voted for you. In fact, you have been using it as mask to support the tyrannical occupation and to hoodwink the inter nat i o n a l community,” said JRL in the poster letter.
JRL has asked people to put up this letter on every wall, post and pole around the residence of MLAs, MLCs and ministers to pressurise them to quit . .
“Before your anti- people activi- ties force the masses to socially boycott you, it is better and advisable to shun your treachery and resign, and join the people who are giving umpteen sacrifices for the sacred cause,” said the JRL.
The JRL cautioned that the resignation is the only way out for the pro- India politicians to redeem themselves in the society. “When the voices of freedom are clearly being heard in every household, the signs of victory are looking brighter. Without wasting any time you should resign to prove your conscience is alive. Any delay in resignation from assembly will slam all doors of honorable return for you,” said the JRL. Srinagar: A seven- year- old boy is the latest casualty of pellet fire in old Srinagar city on Saturday.
Junaid Ahmad was injured when security forces fired pellets in Qalamdanpora area of Nawabazar in Srinagar’s old city. He was immediately rushed to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital where doctors describe his condition as critical.
An elderly couple was injured when security forces fired pellet rounds at them when they resisted the arrest of their son in Tral area of south Kashmir.
Sources said forces had raided their house at Kamla village to arrest their son Shabir Ahmad Falahi, a Jamat- e- Islami militant, who is wanted in provoking protests. New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday reacted sharply to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference president Omar Abdullah’s remark over the ongoing crisis in the Valley.
“We don’t only love the land of Kashmir, but the people too,” said Rajnath. “Some people, in order to serve their selfish motives, are forcing innocent children and youths of Kashmir to pick up stones... Is this not playing with their future? I want to tell those having such nefarious intentions not to encourage the innocents to pick up stones,” he said.
President Pranab Mukherjee meet opposition leaders from J& K in New Delhi on Saturday.